The best food and drink events in Charlotte this week

If you love to eat and drink, this week offers a great chance to explore the world of food and beverage beyond restaurants and bars. From a Valentine's Day dinner to a cider tasting, there's plenty to explore and enjoy if you're hungry for something new.

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Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy

It's not too late to make a reservation for your special someone this Valentine's Day. Maggiano's Little Italy is offering a three-course pre-fixe menu for the occasion. A complimentary glass of champagne and access to the dessert buffet is included in each reservation from 6-9:30 p.m.

When: Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-11 p.m.
Where: Maggiano's Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road
Price: $70
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WFAEats Chocolate Tasting at Charlotte Museum of History

Come Friday evening, local radio station WFAE hosts a two-hour chocolate tasting at the Charlotte Museum of History. The event will feature samples from local chocolatiers, bakeries, restaurants, breweries and more.

When: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive
Price: $25-$35

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Henny & Waffles at Oak Room

The latest installment of the Henny & Waffles brunch series celebrates the NBA All-Star Game this weekend. Expect $10 Hennessy drink specials throughout the day, and a brunch buffet stocked with chicken wings, waffles, omelets, crab balls and more.

When: Sunday, Feb. 17, 1-8 p.m.
Where: Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St.
Price: $40
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Chef Series Dinner at The Queen and Glass

This Tuesday, Jamie Lynch — the executive chef and co-owner of Uptown's 5Church restaurant — takes the helm at The Queen and Glass as part of the restaurant's ongoing dinner series. The chef, who's appeared on Bravo's "Top Chef," will be aided by mixologist Bob Peters to present a four-course meal with cocktail pairings and a welcome cocktail.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
Where: The Queen and Glass, 1315 East Blvd.
Price: $100
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40 percent off tours of Red Clay Ciderworks

Last but not least, Red Clay Ciderworks is offering 40 percent off tours of its brewing operation. Groups of two or four can learn how local apples are transformed into craft ciders, enjoy a complimentary pint and take home a souvenir glass. 

Where: Red Clay Ciderworks, 245 Clanton Road
Price: $12-$24 for two to four guests
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